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Episode 78 – Facebook Watch, The Week Junior & podcast poaching

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As Facebook launches a new video service, we ask if this heralds the return of *actual sound* to online video production. Media news and analysis, with broadcaster Olly Mann, Louise Ridley (Buzzfeed) and Matt Deegan (Folder Media).

Felicity Capon, deputy editor of The Week Junior, talks to us about the success of the magazine, two years in – and how to write hard news stories for children and young adults.

Also in the programme: The Guardian lose their Football Weekly presenter and producer to a new podcast startup; is this a green shoot of growth for the audio industry? Netflix loses its Disney content – but gains the comic book universe behind Kickass and Kingsman – and in the Media Quiz, we discover the brands getting a TV-makeover.

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Episode 77: BBC pay, local press woes & Soundcloud

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Media analysis, this week with consultant Paul Robinson and investigative reporter Maeve McClenaghan.

As the nation ponders why Charlie off Casualty is the highest paid actor at the BBC, we discuss the fallout from this great experiment and find out how sensitive all that commercially sensitive information really is.

Also on the programme: what’s the future for local journalism? Is it more closures, or robots?

Plus: this year’s MacTaggart speaker is announced, why Soundcloud users are right to be worried… and in the Media Quiz, we’re out to libel as many people as possible. Allegedly.

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Episode 76: Auntie plots the year ahead

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Media analysis and discussion, with guests Jake Kanter (Business Insider) and Steve Ackerman (Somethin’ Else).

Olly Mann and the panel discuss all the big announcements to come out of the first annual plan for OFCOM. More money for kids, fact checking, podcasting… What does it all mean? We’ll find out.

Plus; is Jon Snow professionally biased? Is the Guardian the REAL purveyor of hate? Has the quiz jumped the shark? If you answered ‘yes’ to all these questions, it’s time to find another podcast.

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Episode 75: Channel 4’s hunt for the new Hunt

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There’s a new chief executive at Channel 4 – media writer Maggie Brown, Faraz Osman (Lemonade Money) and Boyd Hilton (Heat Magazine) discuss the immediate challenges that Alex Mahon faces – not least finding a replacement for Jay Hunt.

The panel also review the coverage of another unpredictable election campaign, with an unexpected win for a major broadcaster.

Also on the programme, Katie Hopkins leaves LBC, Apple blow the doors off podcasting, the Radio Academy returns with a rebooted awards do AND in the Media Quiz we reveal the media wolves in media sheep’s clothing.

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Episode 74 – How To Shoot VR and 360 Video

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Expand your horizons beyond the small screen and enter the world of virtual reality. Tanya Laird (Digital Jam) explains to Olly Mann the differences in shooting for TV and 360 video, why theatre actors are the best for VR and the big creative companies staking their reputations on this fledgling entertainment platform.

For those expecting a report from this year’s Radio Festival, the event has been postponed due to the Manchester attack. But rest assured we’ll be there when it’s rescheduled.

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Episode 73 – MacKenzie leaves The Sun, Crozier exits ITV

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Election fever! Olly Mann is joined by Tara Conlan (the Guardian) and Lisa Campbell (Edinburgh TV Festival) to discuss the press and broadcasters’ plans now this snap election is well under way. Also on the programme: Kelvin MacKenzie is finally let go from his job at The Sun – is Murdoch cleaning up the place ahead of OFCOM’s Sky ruling?

Plus, Adam Crozier leaves ITV, Popbitch’s Kit Lovelace lifts the lid on this weekend’s Eurovision (get their 80-page guide here) and in the Media Quiz, we pitch the most unusual media stories of the week.

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Episode 71 – Full Fact on fake news, Simon Pearson on writing obituaries

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We depart from the usual format this week to bring you two fascinating interviews about the craft of journalism: Mevan Babakar and Phoebe Arnold from Full Fact discuss the art of fact checking and its role in the digital age.

Olly also talks to the obituaries editor of the Times, Simon Pearson, on how to write the final word on a person’s life. This is interview was first published on Olly’s other, other podcast series The Modern Mann – but this has some bonus content especially for Media Podcast listeners.

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Episode 68: How Long Will ITV Hold Their Nerve With The Nightly Show?

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ITV called it the biggest shake-up to their schedule since the nineties – but with the Nightly Show halving its audience and News At Ten dropping under a million viewers, how long can they take such an expensive risk? Olly Mann is joined by Steve Ackerman (Somethin’ Else) and Holden Frith (theweek.co.uk) to discuss the top media stories of the week.

Elsewhere on the programme, we discuss the BBC’s new linear service BBC Scotland, Netflix new UK co-productions, why YouTube is launching a live TV service, and we find out how to save cash as a freelance celebrity interviewer.

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Episode 67: Zuckerberg’s State of the Union & New Threat to Whistleblowers

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Olly Mann is joined by media writer Maggie Brown and Folder Media’s Matt Deegan to discuss the latest media news. Facebook and YouTube consider the problems of identifying satire on their platforms, whilst Private Eye gets its best circulation figures EVER.

Plus the panel reveal the latest radio winners and losers, changes at Channel 4 comedy, bans for both the Daily Mail and The Sun and there’s a European flavour to this week’s Media Quiz.

FURTHER READING: To take part in the Law Commission’s consultation on the Espionage Act and what it means for journalists and the media, email them at pod@lawcommission.gsi.gov.uk.

And if you’re producing a podcast series in Great Britain, you may be eligible for Matt Deegan and producer Matt Hill’s new venture, The British Podcast Awards. Deadline for entires is 6th March – full details at britishpodcastawards.com

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BONUS: Fake News and the Fallout

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This week, we present a recent debate hosted by the Edinburgh International Television Festival in partnership with ITN (you can find the full video here).

Jon Snow (Channel 4 News) welcomes a panel of experts to discuss the most pressing issue of our time: fake news. Brian Stelter, host of CNN’s Reliable Sources and their Senior Media Correspondent. Jim Waterson, political editor, BuzzFeed UK, Ayesha Hazarika, former adviser to Ed Miliband, Carole Cadwalladr, journalist, The Guardian and The Observer and Patrick Walker, director of media partnerships, Europe, Middle East and Africa at Facebook discuss what can be done.

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